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Thomas Rowlandson
18th / 19th c. Caricaturist Printmaker
English, (1756–1827)
Began his career as a painter of portraits, but became a caricaturist, doing social satire, mainly to supplement his income. His caricatures were so successful (and lucrative) that they became his primary focus. He studied in France, and had an affinity for Rococo and the work of Fragonard. He created an instantly recognizable gallery of social types (the old maid, hack writer, and crabby antiquarian). His output was immense, and his overall standard of quality is remarkably high for such an output.
Oxford Dictionary of Art.


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